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Traditional Thursday: Spacing Middle Leathers on a Pita

Pita pocket leather spacing tutorial

Last week a reader asked about pointers for spacing out the middle leathers on a Pita Pocket. I am sure there is a long list of strategies for adding space to the middle leathers, and with a little creativity, I tried to test out a few.

Below are a few pictures of my process with a few comments about my strategy. I’m not quite sure if this is as much space as our reader was hoping for, but it’s further spread out than I normally aim for. Typically I like to keep my middle leathers tight together and then use my outer two leathers to create the channel that I like in my stick.

That said, I am liking how this pocket feels in the wider, college legal CEO head.

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The first strategy that I tried out was a barrel at the top. The barrel will keep the leathers spread out as it creates a desired width at the top of the middle leathers.

The barrel in a Pita sparked my creativity a bit so keep your eyes peeled for a future Traditional Thursday post.

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After adding the barrel at the top I really concentrated on leaving enough slack in my knots to keep the space that was created by the barrel.

I used 3 twists between each set of knots as I like more diamonds in my pocket.

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When my middle leathers were all laced up I strung my middle cross section.  I like to string both sections at the same time to make sure my knots and diamonds are even and equally tight.

I tried to pull this section fairly tight so that the middle leathers pulled outward toward the outside leathers.

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After the mid cross sections were complete, I added my outer sections, again pulling them tight to the sidewall to really stretch out my middle leathers.

I tend to string my Pita pockets fairly flat and then use a ball to shape the pocket and adjust my knots as needed.

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Here’s what I came up with:

Mid pocket, mid whip. Two straight shooters and a nylon.

Pretty clean and I love the way it throws.

How would you add width to your middle leathers?

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Andrew Ratzke

An MCLA alum and recent Portlandia transplant, Ratzke spends most of his time playing and coaching throughout Oregon. When he isn't on the field he's searching the web for the latest and greatest in lacrosse and lifestyle gear to keep you and your style game up to date.

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